Chili Pepper's Tanning Inc. Megastores’ trophy case is getting full—in addition to being named one of Detroit’s best tanning salons three times in a row by CityVoter, it has acquired accolades from Local 4 and CBS Detroit, which commends its spray tanning. Its growing awards reflect Chili Pepper’s growth; since opening in 2002, Chili Pepper’s has expanded to 15 locations, spreading across Detroit like the buffalo pox.
In every location, five levels of tanning beds turn skin a sun-kissed gold or deep bronze. Mystic Tan sessions let customers avoid things associated with booth and outdoor tanning—UV rays and pool lifeguards who push you in the water to practice saving you. No matter which option they choose, patrons can turn to knowledgeable Smart Tan–certified staff members who help clients decide what is best for their tanning goals.
With four levels of UV tanning beds, three shades of airbrush tanning, in-booth teeth whitening, and anti-aging red-light therapy, Maui Tan is a one-stop shop for pre-beach beautification. UV beds do double duty when customers opt for teeth whitening; the stain-shooing formula is activated by the tanning bulbs' heat and light, which also attract moth-like tooth fairies for touchups. Antioxidant-rich, UV-free tanning elixir is layered onto skin by a human technician instead of a one-size-fits-all booth, helping to create a custom, natural look. Red-light therapy harnesses infrared beams designed to increase circulation, repair damaged skin, reduce joint pain, and smooth uneven pigmentation.
In the lobby, bright green leaves arc out of vases to visually pop against red walls, creating vibrant color contrast amid mod leather chairs. The spa is open seven days a week.
The chefs at Russo's Gourmet Pizza bake hearty signature pizzas with a full spectrum of fresh, colorful toppings. Each of the 15 signature delicacies features its own blend of sauces and ingredients, and may sit atop a choice of four varieties of pizza crust including sesame seed, butter parmesan, garlic, and Cajun. To prevent regulars from sprouting pepperoni on their chests, Russo's Gourmet Pizza also crafts traditional Italian entrees such as vegetable lasagna and chicken parmesan. Intricate salads feature ingredients such as dried cherries and gorgonzola cheese, and gluten-free pizza and vegetarian options accommodate patrons with special diets. The pie menagerie offers delivery service seven days each week, preventing pizzas from getting lost while rolling to homes on their own.
The staff at Benedetta's Hair Salon & Spa—who are Paul Mitchell professionals and licensed cosmetologists—keep the principles of relaxation and rejuvenation in mind as they administer hairstyling and spa services. Women, men, high-school students, and children can find distinctive cuts appropriate for their style or request identical cuts to add a creepy touch to family-reunion photos. In the tranquil salon, stylists paint full color or highlights onto tresses, weave extensions seamlessly into natural hair, and create silky, smooth locks with texturing treatments. The staff aestheticians further pamper clients with soothing facials, remove hair with expert waxing, or apply makeup for special occasions.
At each of Tricho Salon and Spa’s four locations, trained stylists stand ready to refresh outdated hairstyles with products by Schwarzkopf, Bumble and bumble, Keratin Complex, and Moroccanoil. Dr. Sonya Friedman, an accomplished author, CNN talk-show host, and radio psychologist, teams up with dermatologist Dr. Scott Friedman to helm the spa side of the business, where clients can find eight types of facials, nine styles of massage, noninvasive micro treatments, and advice for mending a hairdryer’s broken heart. Fingertips and toes in need of some TLC can also be pampered inside this full-service beauty haven, as nail techs doll-up digits with OPI and Essie polishes as well as Shellac, acrylic, and fiberglass tips.
People use their hands in different ways, which makes it hard to find a single style of manicure that fits mitts universally. That’s why the nail technicians of Thumbs Up To You tailor their service menu to meet a wide range of needs, working around sensitive skin with odor-free fiberglass nails or offering chip-resistant Shellac polish for fingers facing long days of typing, chopping, or digging moats by hand. The shop also caters to busy schedules, offering no-frills fix ups such as quick polish changes or dry manicures to keep tips looking chic between services.